PGI is now FGI

February 1, 2009

Members of the PVC Geomembrane Institute (PGI) have voted to expand the range of membership to include those companies that fabricate geomembranes. The changes in membership composition necessitated a change in the name of the association: the PGI will be known as the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI). The FGI, like the PGI, is a nonprofit …

Still further comment about the impact of water

I read with interest the exchange between Gordon Stevens with Maccaferri and Michael Adams with FHWA in your August/September “Letters to the editor” section about the use of woven geotextiles for soil reinforcement in MSE structures. While the geosynthetics industry has a great deal of respect for Mr. Adams, what we have here is an …

Geosynthetics: A key toward sustainability

By Robert Koerner Papers from two 2008 conferences prompted our thoughts vis-à-vis the important role that geosynthetics can, and should, play toward sustainability. The first conference was the 4th European Geosynthetics Conference (EuroGeo4) held in Edinburgh, Scotland, Sept. 7-10. The paper by Belton, et al.1 hit the sustainable issue head-on by illustrating how geotextiles and …

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Geogrid in action — retaining leaves for flower bed insulation?

By Robert Koerner Jonathan Rabe is a landscape gardener with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s River District. When he and coworker, Rochelle Rau, were preparing to protect a dozen tulip beds from the forces of an oncoming Minnesota winter last fall, they hit upon a new application for geogrids. “I knew we had some …

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Geomembrane and nonwoven textile help build eco-friendly Monterey House

By Ron Bygness and Bill Wilson Introduction The Monterey Bay Idea House (Monterey House), the latest in the line of select West Coast homes built by Sunset magazine to showcase new and innovative products, presents a multitude of eco-friendly features in response to the need for energy efficiency, function, and sustainability. Located in Monterra, an …

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Turning the Red River green

The Red River of the North submerged 2 Upper Midwest towns 12 years ago. Now geotextile matting is part of the foundation for a sweeping urban levee and greenway. By Adam Regn Arvidson Introduction Today, the Greater Grand Forks Greenway is a large, beautiful park bordering the Red River of the North in the twin …

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Geomembrane liner and subsurface stormwater system installed at new Minnesota football stadium

By Ron Bygness and Mark Apfelbacher Developers of large urban projects — such as the new TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota — are challenged to find sustainable ways to manage stormwater without wasting precious space. “At the stadium, space is at a premium,” said Mark Apfelbacher, a sustainability consultant with RESI. To …

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Riverbank protection helps save a cemetery

Compiled and edited by Ron Bygness For nearly a century-and-a-half, Big Bend Lutheran Church in west-central Minnesota has stood proudly on a 60-ft bluff overlooking the Chippewa River. The founders of this rural parish also plotted a cemetery adjacent to the chuch and even closer to the overlook of the Chippewa’s south bank as the …

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Reinforced wall project launches new retail development in Southern California

Project highlights: The Shops at Sycamore Creek (15.6-acre site), Corona, Calif. Location: Riverside County, Calif., Interstate-15 Freeway Frontage and Indian Truck Trail (adjacent to the Elsinore Fault zone) Purpose of retaining wall: To create a construction pad allowing enough flat buildable land for the ensuing retail development. Due to the height and magnitude, Riverside County …

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TenCate Geosynthetics wins 2008 Award of Excellence for Geosynthetic Projects

The award is part of the 2008 International Achievement Awards presented by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Abstract This project upgraded an existing, narrow rural road to a British Columbia Ministry of Transportation (BCMoT) standard 8m-wide, gravel surface road. About 85m of the existing road crossed a stream and swamp area located between 2 …